supermajority http://kvpr.org en In California Legislature, Moderate Democrats Hold Leverage http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-moderate-democrats-hold-leverage <p></p><div><p>The most important members of the California legislature this year might not be the two Democratic leaders - despite the two-thirds supermajorities they hold in each chamber.&nbsp; And it almost certainly won't be the Republicans.&nbsp;</p><p>They've been courted for key votes in recent years but now don't have the numbers to block any bills on their own.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the leverage in this legislative session may well lie with a newly-critical voting bloc: moderate Democrats.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:47:00 +0000 Ben Adler 9744 at http://kvpr.org In California Legislature, Moderate Democrats Hold Leverage Progressives Want Legislative Democrats to Wield Supermajority Power http://kvpr.org/post/progressives-want-legislative-democrats-wield-supermajority-power <p></p><p>Now that Democrats hold a supermajority in both chambers of the California legislature, activists want them to use it to push a more progressive agenda.&nbsp;</p><div><p>Progressives say they want lawmakers to restore cuts they say hurt the most vulnerable Californians, such as cuts to education, social services, and health care.</p><p>Joshua Pechthalt is President of the California Federation of Teachers. He says elected officials shouldn’t worry about a voter backlash similar to what happened in the 2010 elections.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 17:48:48 +0000 Amy Quinton 8883 at http://kvpr.org Progressives Want Legislative Democrats to Wield Supermajority Power State Senate Majority For Democrats Might Not Change Much http://kvpr.org/post/state-senate-majority-democrats-might-not-change-much <p>This could be the year California Democrats finally reach the goal they’ve long strived for: a two-thirds supermajority in the State Senate. We took a look at that possibility <a href="/post/democrats-hope-two-thirds-supermajority-state-senate">in a report</a> yesterday.</p><p>It turns out people from both parties don’t think Sacramento’s legislative landscape would change that much.&nbsp;And as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the biggest impact on next year’s atmosphere at the State Capitol will likely come from something else entirely.</p><p>------</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Ben Adler 6142 at http://kvpr.org State Senate Majority For Democrats Might Not Change Much